White Woman, Amy Cooper, Apologizes For Falsely Reporting an ‘African-American Man Threatening My Life’
The white woman — who was filmed while falsely reporting an “African-American man” was threatening her life in New York City’s Central Park on May 25 — has apologized.
I’m not a racist. I did not mean to harm that man in any way. I think I was just scared. When you’re alone in the Ramble, you don’t know what’s happening. It’s not excusable, it’s not defensible.
The incident happened after the black man, Christian Cooper (no relation), told Amy not to walk her dog without a leash, in accordance with Central Park rules. When she reportedly refused, Christian started filming her with his cell phone.
Amy told Christian not to film her, even though it’s legal to film people on public property.
Amy then called 9-1-1 on Christian:
I’m taking a picture and calling the cops. I’m going to tell them there’s an African American man threatening my life.
Christian told CNN while he filmed Amy:
I videotaped it because I thought it was important to document things. Unfortunately we live in an era with things like Ahmaud Arbery, where black men are seen as targets. This woman thought she could exploit that to her advantage, and I wasn’t having it.
Christian said he would accept Amy’s apology “if it’s genuine and if she plans on keeping her dog on a leash in the Ramble going forward, then we have no issues with each other.”